WOVEMBER WORDS #10
Not all wool is harvested directly from sheep, as those of you familiar with Annemor Sundbø enormous pile of rags will know. Clara Parkes explains: “occasionally you’ll come across a skein of yarn labeled 100 percent Pure Virgin Wool. No this is not referring to the sheep’s modesty. It’s a reference to the days when people would sell their old knits and woven goods to shoddy mills, where they’d be unraveled or shredded and remanufactured into blankets or yarn. By putting Virgin Wool on garment or yarn labels, the manufacturer is indicating that this is the fiber’s first foray into the world of textiles. If you were to knit a wool garment, unravel the yarn, and reknit it into something else, technically it would no longer be virgin wool.”
– C. Parkes, The Knitter’s Book of Yarn: The Ultimate Guide to Choosing, Using, and Enjoying Yarn, Potter Craft 2007, New York
The most virgin wool of all: judges appraise wool on the hoof at the annual Rare Breeds Show at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum.